I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday. I would like to apologize for any inconvenience last week’s mix-up with the Pierce News caused.

Not sure how it happened but the news from last year at this time, 2018 ran in the paper instead of what we had tried to send in. Computers and internet are these amazing things that are supposed to make our lives easier but every once in a while we get just the opposite. And just to add to it when I went to do the news again this week the internet is down at my office so I’m attempting to use the old laptop at home and hoping we have more success than we did last week!

Also, I will be covering news and information for Weippe now so I’m really hoping to hear from some folks if they have something to share.

Pierce Gem Team Festival of Trees:

The Pierce Gem Team is preparing for our best Festival of Trees ever! Join the fun this Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Pierce Community Center.

We are hearing that so many people are contributing food items, gift baskets, custom-crafted secrets, and maybe a wreath or a tree or three! It is always fun to see the different donations come in; so much like Christmas morning. The Gem Team thanks everyone for their contributions and hard work, and knows that this event will fund so many more projects that benefit Pierce citizens.

The Academy cadets will be making centerpieces and setting up chairs, tables, and decorating on Friday, Dec. 6. Anyone wishing to bring their contributions in at this time is welcome, from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. This will be most helpful to catalog the items for our fun Auctioneer, Leroy Kuykendall.

We have a new event for this festival - the Christmas Cat Search! In lieu of tickets for door prizes and centerpieces (wait till you see these!), participants will be invited to find the Christmas Cat, a small, but not too, laminated black cat with a red Christmas hat. If someone finds a cat, keep this for your very own prize at the end of the auction! This is an adult-only participation, as the kids have their own fun in their craft room. Good luck finding cats!

Thanks go out again to everyone participating; creating, donating, buying, and volunteering time and energy to an exciting Pierce evening. Hope to see you there! For any information, please call Kathy at (208)-464-1083, or email 1bearkatranch@qroidaho.net Thank you!

Benefit and Silent Auction;

Pam Reichenberg is receiving treatment for cancer and will have heart surgery when the cancer treatment is finished. She is in need of our help. Saturday, Dec. 14 starting at 4 p.m. at The Timber Inn, there will be a Spaghetti Dinner with salads and desserts, an hourly Silent Auction, with new items brought out every hour, the quilt raffle will also be happening during the evening and there is still time to get tickets! Food will be served until 8 p.m. and the silent auction will go till 10 p.m. The quilt and Auction items are available for viewing at the Timber Inn. Mark your calendar and join us in supporting Pam in her healing. Call (208)464-2736 for more information or if you would like to help in some way they are still in need of donations for the auction, salads and desserts and they can be dropped at the Timber.

Faith Lutheran Church, Pierce, would like to express their appreciation to the Pierce branch of Idaho Central Credit Union for their recent donation. The Credit Union purchased a pig at the fair, had it cut and wrapped and delivered to the food pantry at the Church. The food pantry is open the first Sunday of each month from noon to 12:30 p.m.

THANK YOU Idaho Central Credit Union for your generous donation to help your community.

The Pierce Holiday Bazaar was a big success! Thank you to everyone who played a part in it. All the different vendors made it a wonderful experience, For everyone who donated a salad for the yummy luncheon, you are so appreciated. We could not do it without your help.

To all the people who came and supported this fun event, thank you for spending your time and money with us locally! And the biggest thank you to my fabulous crew of volunteers, Susan Davis-Shaw, our kitchen organizer and soup extraordinaire, Lacy Karst being the devoted friend and helper, Karen Hope manning the PCC $1 table, Char Edwards helping out at the luncheon table and Cheryl Stenzel and Theresa Root for always pitching in and helping wherever they can! Thanks goes to Wyatt Billups for his help with setup and cleanup along with Rick Lasator and friends. I get so many compliments on the Bazaar but it is such a group effort and I could not do it without you all. Thank you! From Jennifer Billups

Ski Free at Bald MT!

If you are a resident of the Weippe-Fraser Recreation District you may sign up at Timberline Schools office or the Weippe Discovery Center until Dec. 19 for free skiing at Bald Mountain this season. You must be on the list to qualify. If you have any questions please call Bill Sellers at (208) 435-4698.

Timberline Schools:

Warm Feet for Warriors! Help Timberline collect socks for deployed service members! Please bring new unused socks to the office from Dec. 2 - 19. Thank you!

Emilee Widener placed third and Chasta Jared placed first at the local level of the recorded essay competition VFW Voice of Democracy!!! Chasta now moves to the district competition. Awesome job ladies! Wednesday, Dec. 4, Target Time @ 11:30 a.m. Junior High Boys Basketball at Highland @ 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Student of The Month.

Friday, Dec. 6, District Day, All Staff Training at Orofino Elementary School. High School Basketball at Timberline vs. Deary. Boys JV @ 4:30 p.m., Girls @ 6 p.m., Boys Varsity @ 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7, High School Basketball at Logos. Boys JV @ 2:30 p.m., Girls @ 3:30 p.m., Boys Varsity @ 5 p.m. Exciting news was rolled out to our Trio Students. Evelyn Carter, our Trio representative, unveiled an online tutoring program available to our students. www.tutor.com is a full online tutoring service. Students can get a tutor 24/7 in more than 40 subjects including Math, Science, Social Studies, English, AP ® Support, Foreign Languages and Business.

Tutoring sessions take place in an easy-to-use online classroom, which runs in your web browser. Students are given a username and password and they can use this anytime at home or school. Please encourage your students to use this tool. This service is free of charge and provided financially by Trio. Gradi Thomson can help with questions on this program or to see our currently enrolled Trio students who have access to this. If you have any questions please feel free to contact her. (208)435-4411.

Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy (IDYCA)

The Cadets are working hard these last few weeks as they near their graduation from the program which is being held on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Lewiston High School.

Letters of encouragement are always welcome and they will be passed on to those cadets that may not receive mail from home. Just address your letters to: Any Cadet at the address listed below or if you are interested in mentoring a future cadet please contact the Academy at IDYCA, 117 Timberline Drive, Pierce, ID 83546.

Pool Tournaments:

Tournaments are open to the public and will be held on Thursday nights at Miss Lily’s, Friday nights at The Flame and Saturday nights at the Timber Inn starting at 6:30 p.m. bar time. Come and have some fun with us!

Results for last week were; Thursday, Nov. 21 at Miss Lily’s, Alan Mee-first, Bucky Jared-second and Kathy Wilson-Dill-third.

Friday, Nov. 22 at the Flame, Mike Crocker-first, Carlyle Cahala-second and Jesse Crocker-third.

It was good to have some different players for a change. Good job guys!

Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Timber Inn; No games, not enough players.

The Broomstick pool tournament that was held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at The Timber Inn was a blast! Kathy Wilson-Dill lasted until midnight, when she had to leave but there were still four players going! Winners were; Alan Mee-first, Def Dave-second and Mike Crocker-third.

Hey, Alan Mee, you not only fly on your broom but you play some mean pool with it too! Great job and thank you to all of the players that showed up for the fun.

Pierce Community Center and Pool News

The Center will be CLOSED Friday, Dec. 6 for setup of Festival of Trees happening Saturday, Dec. 7. Skate night will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 from 6 – 8 p.m. and then again from 6 -8 p.m. on Friday, Jan 3, 2020!

Junior High Boys Basketball practice has started and will go from 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. in the gym except on game days.

The Center will be open Monday- Thursday from 3 – 8 p.m. and Fridays (no school) from 1 – 6 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday.

On Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. we offer Yoga classes. If you have a meeting, event or party you would like to plan please call ahead for scheduling. We have lots of room, tables, chairs and kitchen facilities to meet your needs. Please call (208)464-2443 for questions or information.

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